A ‘Gateway’ to sports and fun in Spalding

The Spalding Gateway team
The Spalding Gateway team
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Gateway clubs from Spalding, Boston and Skegness took part in their annual sports day and picnic, organised by The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland.

People of all ages with learning difficulties joined in the fun at the annual Castle Sports Field event, which has been running for 20 years and was the brainchild of former Spalding vicar Philip Norwood.

The group took part in track events organised by Arthur Symonds of Nene Valley Harriers and other activities such as wheelchair racing, shot putt and throwing the bean bag.

Those who came first, second or third in the events won a medal, which they said they would treasure.

Many spectators also turned up to cheer on those taking part and to spend 
some time in the sunshine.

“The event is the highlight of the year for many of the competitors,” said Rotarian Peter Atkinson.

“We have medal ceremonies for those coming first, second and third but everyone who competes is also rewarded with a medal. Afterwards they all enjoy a sumptuous picnic – I think that is the best part of the day for some!”

Mr Atkinson said that Wendy Houghton, who has supported the event since its inception, has recently been awarded the highest possible Rotary honour, the Paul Harris Award.